M-DCPS Increases AP Exam Passing Rates

Results are in and for the seventh year in a row, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has continued to increase Advanced Placement (AP) exam passing rates, while also increasing AP enrollment. More than 30,000 M-DCPS students participated in 2017 AP exams, showing an overall passing rate of 53 percent, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. “Miami-Dade County Public Schools continues to lift the bar on student academic achievement,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “Our 2017 AP results show a steady increase in student participation and passing scores since 2010. This means that students are excelling academically through robust, innovative curriculum driven by exemplary school leadership that supports teaching ingenuity.”

Through the AP Program, students have the opportunity to enroll in advanced courses of study and earn college credit and/or AP credit while still enrolled in high school. Taking AP classes that earn college credit can help offset the cost of college, saving students and families thousands of dollars in tuition fees.  M-DCPS offers 37 AP courses including art, government, history, languages, literature, math, music, and science.

Since the 2010-2011 school year, M-DCPS has continuously demonstrated increases in both enrollment and percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on the exams. Other highlights include:

  • In 2008, 40 percent of students scored a 3 or higher on the AP exam and in 2017, 53 percent of students scored a 3 or higher, an increase of 13 percentage points.
  • The percentage of Hispanic students scoring a 3 or higher has increased by 13 percentage points, from 41 percent in 2008 to 54 percent in 2017.  The percentage of African-American students scoring a 3 or higher has increased by 14 percentage points, from 18 percent in 2008 to 32 percent in 2017. (52 percent and 30 percent respectively in 2016)
  • The total number of 3, 4, and 5 scores (of all tests taken) increased by 116 percent from 12,118 in 2008 to 26,187 in 2017.
  • The total number of AP course offerings in M-DCPS has increased by 47 percent from 838 in 2008 to 1,230 in 2017. (1,165 in 2016)
  • Current Miami-Dade AP enrollment data shows an increase of 77 percent from 17,049 in 2008 to 30,162 in 2016-2017. (28,703 in 2016)
  • The total number of AP examinations taken increased by 62 percent from 30,434 in May 2008 to 49,339 in May 2017. (49,018 in 2016)

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